Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 9 reviews)

  • Incredibly smart people on every team (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work-life balance unless you are an engineer (in 3 reviews)

  • No one wants to make a decision, it gets passed round like a hot potato (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong installed base of loyal customers. Great set of technologies especially in security and proxy. Solid company and place of work with a great culture, plus good salaries and benefits. Significant upside in the future if the company executes.

    Cons

    Like all companies of this size, some internal politics to deal with and challenges at times to get the resources desired. The later easily resolved if strong business case is presented.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus and innovate around security, while balancing investment in adjacent technologies like visibility and acceleration.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Exciting Stuff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a great vision in terms of cloud computing. Our security products are fun and exciting to work on. Our office has a fantastic culture.The site activities are very fun, and the management team has a great attitude. Generally the company performs well.

    Cons

    Executives don't come around enough. Raises come slowly, with no other real opportunity for equity. When salaries increased in the region recently, our compensation didn't go up to match. It's easy to get a 25% increase at another company while Blue Coat gives you 3%. It's not all about money, because its fun - but at some point you gotta pay market value or lose good people.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at current salaries and take action, so that people don't peek outside the door. The silicon slopes are very hot right now. Take value in the people you have, because you will pay what they are worth to replace them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work from home. Great working conditions (snacks, drinks, company parties). Work on projects that help to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Very poor communication with management. Arbitrary security restrictions put into place which seem to offer no benefit, and greatly impact productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so secretive! Let us know what's going on.


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  5. Good Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great staff in Boxborough, strong leadership, lots of resources, comfortable and outstanding culture. Dedicated to challenging their interns and including them in the SDLC.

    Cons

    Not much to say, Only that company was a little opaque when it came to current business issues


  6. I have been working at Blue Coat for over 18 months.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast moving company and culture (relative to the larger, security vendors), Friendly and enthusiastic environment; Plenty of opportunity for training, growth, experience; A growing leader in a hot, exciting industry; New management brings in positive, enthusiastic life and drive within the company

    Cons

    Still has to evolve some Sales, Ops and Development processes and procedures to be more effective; Needs to amplify its value prop more WW; Better enablment of the sales force and channels is required, esp. due to the increasing number of products/product; Needs to be more aggressive against competitors in marketing and sales

    Advice to Management

    Consider spot bonuses - even small ones of cash/gift cards, etc - for successfully completed key projects and deliverables to boost morale and drive employee recognition. Right now, only a few employees are recognized in Quarterly All Hands meetings. Recognition and reward can and should take place outside of these meetings as well...


  7. Cool & Nice to work for !

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits good work balance nice environment realistic targets

    Cons

    technically stuck in the past experienced person has nothing to learn here zero visibility - all top-down communication events are hollow career stopper

    Advice to Management

    I like it as it is and my advice is "Change nothing!" However this may bite back. A very dynamic competition is growing out there.


  8. Nice place to work where every day you can make an impact.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Path for growth Bright individuals Good recognition and bonus structure Good work/life balance although very hardworking

    Cons

    No onsite cafe No employee ownership


  9. Flexibility allows for a better work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility and the ability to work remotely allows me to have a better work-life balance. The ever changing environment provides challenges and prevents boredom. Most employees are smart and fun to work with and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Too many people in management positions and not enough people actually doing the work. Always challenged with lack of resources. Not a whole lot of career growth available for my position.

    Advice to Management

    Bonus structure could be a little more balanced. Although this has gotten better over the years, there still seems to be a lot of management turnover. Some of the management makes unreasonable decisions that puts a lot of extra work on the already overworked employees. Management makes solution decisions without considering requirements and integration.


  10. Happily employed by Blue Coat with exposure to interesting projects as the company evolves.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being a growing company, there are always new challenges and projects to get involved with. The company recognizes and rewards hard work. Competitive benefits package. I have had a positive and supportive experience of my management team.

    Cons

    Our systems/processes need to catch up with the growth in other areas of the business. Without development in systems/processes there is a lot of needlessly manual work created. In a lot of cases the wrong teams / employees are responsible for ownership and delivery of information.

    Advice to Management

    Communication could be improved. Invest in the back office systems. Data is growing at an exponential rate and we need better systems to harvest the data around us.


  11. Great people and very good work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good and solid company with lots of fortune 500 customers. Flexible work hours and fair compensation. Free lunches twice a week.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ranks without a senior manager as mentor. Information distribution needs lot of improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible to your employees



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